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Dead Right (1997)

by Peter Robinson

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When the badly beaten body of a young man is found in an alley late one Saturday night, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks not surprisingly assumes that it was the result of a drunken pub fight gone too far, but very soon he discovers that it is far more complicated than that. The victim was a known racist who had had a run-in with some Pakistani youngsters earlier that very same night, but even bringing those youths in for questioning is a delicate matter. And then there’s the question of the young man’s racist associates, who are only too pleased to blame the Pakistani kids…."Dead Right " is the ninth Inspector Banks novel, and one that includes far more than just the crime. There is the matter of British racism and nationalism, not an easy topic to tackle, and Banks must also deal with trouble in his own home, as well as the machinations of a superior officer who has it in for him. Quite a rich mix this time around, and definitely worth reading, but be aware that the final scene is particularly gruesome and might not be for everyone. Recommended! ( )
  thefirstalicat | Apr 25, 2016 |
In this book #9 of the Inspector Banks series we find Alan Banks' having marital problems, a suspension from work to deal with along with a racial crime to solve. Robinson's characters are richly complicated, and his plots are quite intricate. I enjoyed this one very much but the ending was a little weak. I will be looking forward to the next one though as I am very interested in what Peter Robinson has in store for Inspector Banks' personal life. If you like good, modern British police procedural you will enjoy this book. ( )
  EadieB | Jan 19, 2016 |
Detective Inspector Alan Banks is the lead investigator in the murder of Jason Fox. Jason is found murdered in an alley having had his head stomped in. The detectives soon learn that Jason is a white supremacist and his murder may have to do with an altercation he had with three Muslim men at a pub. This is the ninth book in a series and i haven't read any other books in the series. There is obviously some continual character development from the previous books. I liked the characters enough that I want to try to read the rest of this series from the beginning. This book was written in 1998 and I found it amusing to have a pages long description on what websites are and how web links work. Not something you need to explain today. It was also interesting to read a book dealing with racism against Muslims that was written before the September 11th attacks. ( )
  RachelNF | Jan 15, 2016 |
I enjoyed this perhaps not so much for the detective aspect - a neo-Nazi is murdered, but for the seemless and unobtrusive writing. Inspector Banks has to solve the crime whilst suffering marriage difficulties and contending with a superior officer who dislikes him. Flawed but sympathetic and believable character. ( )
  LARA335 | Dec 7, 2015 |
An outspoken neo-Nazi man is murdered, but when Inspector Banks starts investigating, it seems other motives could be behind the violent homicide. Another good installment in a consistently good series. This one has a solid mystery but also quite a lot of personal information about the characters (there's a big change in Banks' life) and I enjoyed both parts very much. ( )
  -Eva- | Mar 21, 2015 |
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There's a deliberate lack of excessive angst and glamour in Peter Robinson's books about Inspector Alan Banks and his fellow Yorkshire coppers, so first-time readers might think them bland. But under the books' placid surfaces, whole worlds of crime and justice are being worked out. In this ninth book in his increasingly popular series, Robinson gives Banks some serious problems of a personal and professional nature: a neglected wife and a ruthlessly ambitious superior. He also drops Banks into a frighteningly realistic neo-Nazi group called the Albion League, whose activities include drug dealing and murder. Other books in the series available in paperback include Innocent Graves, Final Account, Gallow's View, and Hanging Valley.

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When the body of young Jason Fox is found stomped to death after pub closing hours, it looks like an open-and-shut case of a drunken brawl turned deadly. The victim had made racial slurs toward three youths in the pub, and since the three resist questioning, Eastvale's Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks and his colleague, Detective Constable Susan Gay, have no choice but to have them locked up. But they're out in no time, and Banks faces a furious Chief Constable Riddle who accuses him of laying the timber for a racial conflagration and demands that Banks leave the legwork to his underlings and run the investigation from his desk without further incident - or find himself on traffic duty.… (more)

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